My oil and encaustic paintings are nature-based abstractions. My art is inspired by the natural world, with an emphasis on botanical forms, layering, rhythms, and history. Botany is the oldest natural science, and the sheer variety, complexity and design of plants, seeds and pollen is endlessly fascinating. Plants have been medicine, food, symbols in myths, a focus of beauty and art, the lungs of our planet, and much more. Threats to plants and the environment have prompted the largest conservation project in the world in the form of the Millennial Seed Bank Project. My interests in ecology, evolution, cycles, regeneration, and wilderness, deeply inform my art.
Art making is like an alchemical process, where color, form, line, space, and materials come together in unique ways. Each painting involves process and discovery as my techniques vary and evolve organically. I fuse layers of encaustic wax, incorporate drawn elements on paper, and paint with oils and cold wax.
Being present every moment is crucial, as I find painting very similar to mindfulness meditation practice. I explore the place between representation and abstraction because that is where the balance, tension, and mystery lie.
Alison is currently on sabbatical from teaching art at Albuquerque Academy in order to focus exclusively on painting. For the past 16 years she has taught all levels of drawing and painting including AP Drawing. She particularly loves taking students on wilderness art making trips. The connections she develops with young people through art feeds her creative spirit.
Alison has a BFA in painting from the University of Calgary, in Canada, and a MA in Art Therapy/Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She grew up in western Canada and has traveled extensively around the world. Her background in outdoor education and art therapy have given her a deep appreciation of the transformative and healing power of both nature and art.
Alison lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Collected, Encompass Gallery Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, 2018
11th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, 2017
Small Works Exhibition, New Mexico Art League, 2017
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2016
Sole/Soul: Mixed Media Work, Dr. Zachary Haas Podiatry Office, 2016
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2015
Collect 10, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 2013
New Mexico Showcase, 516 ARTS, Downtown Albuquerque, 2012
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2011
Albuquerque NOW - Fall, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2009-2010
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2009
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2007
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2006
12X12 Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, 2005
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2005
Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, 2003
NM Art Therapy Association Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, 2000
NM Art Therapy Association Show, Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, 1999
Openings to the Underworld, Harwood Art Center, 1997
Art Therapy Graduating Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, 1996
Anatomy of Solitude, China Phoenix Gallery, Albuquerque, 1995
Women’s Shelter, Environmental Design Gallery, University of Calgary, 1988
Recent Art Graduates, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, 1988
BFA Art Graduates, Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary, 1988
BFA Graduating Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, 1988
Women’s Show, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, 1988
Survey Alberta ’88, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, 1988
Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico